Ponte della Costituzione, Venice

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The Ponte della Costituzione is the fourth bridge over the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It was designed by Santiago Calatrava, and was moved into place in 2007, amid protest by politicians and the general public. The bridge was installed in 2008 and opened to the public on the night of September 11, 2008. The bridge was known as Quarto Ponte sul Canal Grande before the official name was adopted to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Italian constitution in 2008. Tourists and locals in Venice now refer to it as the Calatrava Bridge .PlanningIn June 1999, the Municipality of Venice drafted a preliminary plan for a fourth bridge over the Grand Canal. Using a public selection process, they commissioned Santiago Calatrava in November 1999 to design the new bridge. Calatrava's response was an arched bridge with a large radius which was designed to be constructed off-site and installed entirely from the canal.DesignCalatrava designed an arched truss bridge with a radius of, with a central arch, two side arches and two lower arches. Girders placed perpendicular to the arches join them together. The girders consist of steel tubes and plates, which form closed section boxes. The stairway on the bridge is paved with pietra d'Istria, a stone traditionally used in Venice, alternating with tempered glass steps illuminated from below by fluorescent lights. The parapet is also tempered glass, terminating in a bronze handrail with concealed lighting. The contractor which had the task of constructing of the footbridge was Cignoni. Design and installation studies were carried out by a specialized group: professors Renato Vitaliani (Padua University) and Francesco Colleselli (Brescia University) for geotechnical and foundation aspects, the company Mastropasqua-Zanchin & Associates Structural Engineering for the steel arch and weldings verification, Fagioli Group and Giorgio Romaro (Padua University) for the installation activities.
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  • Arriving by bus to Venice station, the first thing we see is this modern bridge. During the day it is extremely crowded, but early in the morning or late in the evening and at night is wonderfully empty. For the first time coming to Venice the bridge is doing great wow:-)
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  • Stylistically and architecturally beautiful, even scenographic, that connects well to the Venetian style, but has a big limit, inconceivable in my opinion, for our times. Possible that it can not be used by disabled people because of the steps? When a proper lane? Is it forbidden to build it?
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  • Ah! Venice, light misting rain the evening I crossed it but magnificent any time rain or sunshine. I have had the privilege of having an extended stay in Venezia. I'd be on a plane in a heartbeat to return to this most beloved of cities
  • Beautiful iconic bridge in Venice. Hundreds of Tourists carrying suitcase over constitution bridge is the most common picture in Venice. Right spot over Grand canal. Take a picture of Sunset from the bridge.
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